Israeli Couscous with Lime and Mint

Give traditional couscous a new spin with this recipe for lime- and mint-flavored Israeli couscous.

May 10, 2012

Pearl-like Israeli couscous is larger than regular couscous and has a chewier texture. Unlike its super-simple relative, Israeli couscous does require cooking, rather than simple steeping in hot liquid.

Serves: 4
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 25 min



  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1 1/4 C israeli couscous, preferably whole wheat
  • 2 1/2 C boiling water
  • 1 1/2 tsps grated lime zest
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 C snipped chives

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and jalapeno, and cook until the garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Add the couscous and stir to coat.

2. Add the boiling water, lime zest, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the couscous is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 12 minutes.

3. Using a fork, stir in the mint and chives, and fluff the couscous.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories: 167.7
Fat: 4.1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 441.6 mg
Carbohydrates: 29.5 g
Total Sugars: 0.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
Protein: 5.4 g

Courtesy of Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.